Horseback riding here in the breathtaking 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest takes you through open meadows, tall ponderosa forests, up on mountaintops where the views go on forever and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. From atop your well-trained horse, spot abundant wildlife including elk, mule deer, and javelina.

This where Geronimo grew up. Swim near the headwaters of the Gila River where he was born! Visit 1,000 year old cliff dwellings and pit houses dating back to the Mimbres people! Search for pottery shards and view pictographs still remaining from these ancient people.

Our main focus is on trail riding: seeing the beautiful scenery from horseback, and making this a special vacation for you. Other activities that our guests enjoy are campfires at night (sometimes with s’mores and sing-a-longs!), fantastic stargazing, unguided hiking, photography, swimming in the creek, or just reading a good book on one of our bench swings.

Enjoy warm hospitality, delicious food and peace and quiet at our small, remote ranch!
 

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    The Dude Ranchers' Association, AQHA
  • Good time to go

    There is no bad time to come during our season from March through mid-November. If you have preferences in regards to weather, temperatures, wildflowers, fall colors, family time, adults only, etc. don't hesitate to ask us for a recommendation of the best time.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Meris & Seth Stout, Harry & Diana Esterly
  • Address

    1 Wall Lake Rd., Winston, New Mexico, USA, 87943
  • Tel

    575-772-5157
  • Capacity

    16
  • Open

    Mar-Nov - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $291-344 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages

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Highs

  • As one of the guests says, 'The horsemanship skills of Meris and Seth came through bright as a star with all the horses they had. My husband and I were overwhelmed by the beauty of the settings and the hospitality was impeccable!'
  • Offers the perfect opportunity to relax, unplug, disconnect and get away from it all in our peaceful, remote location
  • The ranch sits in the middle of 3.3 million (yes million) acres in the Gila Nation Forest in New Mexico, 85 miles from the nearest stop light!
  • As another guest states, 'Meris and Seth were such fantastic hosts, and the love they have for the Gila Wilderness and this gem of a property is palpable... it shines through in everything they do. We learned so much about the history of the area as well as the Mimbres people.'

Lows

  • The ranch does not offer a lot of activities besides riding. Trail riding is the main focus, so for those who want to do a lot of riding, this is the place
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Mar-Nov
  • Nightly rate

    $291-344   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $262-282
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $265-265
  • Minimum stay

    3 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • Contact us by email or phone for availability. We ask for a 50% deposit to make a reservation. In case of cancellation, your deposit will remain good for a period of up to two years for rebooking your stay with us. Should we be successful in rebooking guests for your scheduled time, we will be happy to refund your deposit, less any processing fees.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding
  • Extras

  • Tax

    Currently 5.6875%
  • Gratuity

    A guideline is 15-20% of your lodging total

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • The environment at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is open and welcoming. Once you are here, you become part of the family. Our guests leave with long lasting friendships and memories. 

  • Food

  • We serve three hearty, delicious meals a day. We all eat together around one large table. Some of our popular dishes include ribeye steaks, grilled trout, pork tenderloin, tacos and enchiladas, barbecue ribs, chicken parmesan, garden fresh vegetables, soups, sandwiches and salads, New Mexican scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes with fruit and our chef's famous profiteroles (and other delicious desserts!). We get many compliments on our fine dining and we can satisfy any dietary needs. We don't have a liquor license but you are welcome to bring your own.

  • Conservation

  • We are completely off the grid and generate all our own power with solar panels and a generator. We are also located in an area that only gets 10-20 inches of precipitation a year. As such, we ask guests to conserve power and water as much as possible. 

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

505562707887858480706053

Avg Rainfall (in):

0.40.40.30.30.60.82.83.321.10.40.6

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    6,500 ft.
  • Generate power

    We are completely off the grid and generate all our own power with solar panels and a diesel generator.
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • Albuquerque International Sunport, Albuquerque, NM

  • Nearest town / city

    Albuquerque, NM
  • Time to ranch

    4 hours
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Alaska, American, Boutique, Jet Blue, Southwest, US Airways
  • Rental car

    Required
  • El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX

  • Nearest town / city

    El Paso, TX
  • Time to ranch

    4 hours
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, American, Southwest, Us Airways
  • Rental car

    Required

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport, Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Travel by

    Helicopter, Airplane
  • Distance to ranch

    80 miles

Nearest Town / City

  • Truth or Consequences, NM

  • Population

    7,000
  • Distance

    85 miles
  • Time from ranch

    2 hours
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear
  • Rental car

    Required
 

Our riding stands out

  • We have some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in U.S. here in the Gila National Forest.
  • Well cared for, well trained, responsive horses and good quality tack.
  • Since we only take a small number of guests we are able to really get to know what each guest wants from their riding experience with us and have the flexibility to cater to that.

Our horses

  • guest horses

    20
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings, Mares

Our Riding

  • Guided rides

    All our rides are guided by Meris and Seth. We will show you the most beautiful places in our area and also teach you about the local history, plants, animals, etc. We have a great variety of terrain to ride in from Ponderosa forests to open meadows; we can climb to mountaintops where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, or ride down through 500 foot deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. There is very rich history in this area spanning the last 2,000 years: -The Mimbres people (part of the Mogollon) were in this area from 200-1150AD and lived in pit houses, pueblo villages and cliff dwellings. Remains of these can be seen right near the ranch as well as pottery shards and pictographs. -The famous Apache Warrior Geronimo was born very near to our location and this is the homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches. -Basque people came through this area with herds of sheep 100 years ago and the shelters they built can still be seen. -There is an area that was mined for Tin from 1930-1970 within a couple miles of the ranch and remains of this operation can still be seen.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Everyone rides together, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families Ride Together
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • We offer some trotting and loping where the terrain allows for capable riders.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 2 hours, Afternoon - 2 hours
  • The rides can be lengthened or shortened as desired.
 

Setting

  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

  • We have unlimited access to the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest

We serve three hearty, delicious meals a day. Good, fresh, homemade food with lots of fruits and vegetables. Mealtimes are a great way to get to know one another as we all eat together around one large table and talk about the days adventures!

Some days we will take all-day rides and pack a picnic lunch for the trail!

We get many compliments on our fine dining and we can satisfy any dietary needs. We don't have a liquor license, but you are welcome to bring your own. 

Good to know

Alcohol

BYOB

Snacking

BYO snack

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    buffet style, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch garden, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Guest Favorites

  • Ribeye Steaks
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies and other desserts
  • New Mexican Entrées
 

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 6 and over



Children are welcome at the ranch. You will ride together as a family. The minimum age for children to ride horses on the trail is 6 years old. We offer short pony rides on the ranch property for younger children. We are a small ranch and do not have special childrens programs or babysitting services. 

Detailed Activities

  • Activities

    Children will have fun riding or hiking with their family, swimming in the creek, practicing roping skills and having the freedom to explore the ranch property.
  • Games

    , We have horseshoes and a variety of board games at the ranch which we enjoy joining in on with the children!
  • Riding based activities

    horse care, pony rides, trail riding

The ranch was built as a hunting lodge in 1982. It became a guest ranch in 2002. We have owned it since 2007. 

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1982
  • Guest ranch since

    2002
 
Meris and Seth
Diana & Harry, Meris & Seth

Owner Info

  • Owner - Meris & Seth Stout, Harry & Diana Esterly

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Diana, Harry and their daughter Meris bought the ranch in 2007 and moved out west from Maine! Meris took riding lessons from an early age with her mom, Diana, and her dad, Harry had been on a mounted drill team in high school. Seth came to work at the ranch in 2008, married Meris and the rest is history!

    We are living the dream in the old west! It is our life's work to share this beautiful area with you and we consider it a privilege to do so.

    At our small ranch you will eat, ride and explore the Gila with Meris and Seth.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | $265-$344n/a

    • Description

      We have 4 separate cabin units in two buildings. They are comfortable and well-appointed with fireplaces, a queen and twin or bunk beds, coffee maker, full private bath/shower, sitting area, covered porches, and a cookie jar filled with homemade goodies. They are furnished in Native American style or Cowboy motif. We can take a maximum of 16 guests, although 8 is more our average, with 2 guests in each cabin.
    • Rooms

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area
The Ranch
The Ranch
The Ranch

Services

Communications

  • telephone
  • Cell Networks

    • There is no cell phone service at the ranch, so you will be able to disconnect and relax!

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

  • bird watching
  • unguided hiking, stargazing

Water based Activities

  • swimming and wading in the creek

Additional Activities

  • visiting 1,000 year old cliff dwellings and viewing pictographs

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    unguided, BYO equipment
  • Wildlife and birding

  • You may see Elk, Mule Deer, Javelina, Bald Eagles, Red Tail Hawks, many different birds, Jack Rabbits, Cottontail Rabbits, Black Bear, Coyote, etc.

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • National Parks and more!

  • New Mexico has many wonderful attractions that you may wish to visit either before or after your stay with us. Here are a few: Albuquerque Old Town, Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Balloon Fiesta, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, The Catwalk, Chloride Ghost Town, Geronimo Springs Museum, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Santa Fe, Silver City, The hot springs in Truth or Consequences, The Very Large Array, White Sands National Monument, Acoma Pueblo, Taos and Taos Pueblo, and more!

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Faces of the Ancients and Prickly Poppy
The Narrows!
Mountain Views
Elk!
 

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